A trucker in the Pittsburgh area will be laid off Thursday as part of the federal government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean that the trucking industry will be spared.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has informed all truckers and others that they are required to close their trucks, according to a notice posted Thursday on the agency’s website.
The notice says that the agency is not requiring all trucking companies to close down immediately, but is looking to make truck drivers eligible for a voluntary six-month program, which will provide them with financial incentives to make the transition to other work.
The trucking sector is already under scrutiny because of the large number of people working on the roads.
The number of Americans who have died from the virus has topped 5,000, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The death toll is expected to climb to at least 10,000 by Sunday, according a recent study by the Associated Press and the Associated Industry.
The Department of Transportation says there are over 7,500 federal employees working on coronaviruses.